The Comedy Vault – The Alan Partridge Specials.

Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life (Sky Atlantic, 2012)/Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce (Sky Atlantic, 2012)

Here are two more Alan Partridge shows starring Steve Coogan that have been released on DVD, under the name Partrimilgrimage: The Alan Partridge Specials. This is a character who has been milked somewhat over the years, but when the milky drips are this tasty, then why not (sorry, I’m beginning to sound like him myself now).

In Welcome To The Places Of My Life, we saw what was essentially Alan’s love letter to East Anglia, especially Norwich. He showed us around some of the special places that have turned him into the man that he is today (although I imagine that his parents helped too somewhere along the way). Now I have been to Norfolk, but not Norwich, so I wasn’t too familiar with some of the places featured.

He really did have a lot of enthusiasm for these places, such as going for a walk in Thetford Forest, ready to get in the mood to deliver more quality radio (and travel updates every 20 minutes). It was the combination of all this that has got him where he is today, hosting Mid Morning Matters on North Norfolk Digital, your blander music mix, and he is very happy with that, honest.

Well, that was textbook. And in Open Books With Martin Bryce (who was actually away and replaced by stand-in Chris Beale), Alan reveals in front of an enthusiastic audience his love for literature, and what inspired him to write his second award-winning autobiography I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan, which has got to be one of the best autobiographies by a host on North Norfolk Digital currently available on the market.

It’s a story worth telling, and there really are some terrific anecdotes shared, no wonder people think he’s bounced back, which he has. He isn’t doing this just to settle scores, there are a large amount of people who are interested in his career. He also took some questions from audience members, who were fans, mostly . Well that was rather awkward. No wonder critics said that this was more top of the drawer stuff.

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